ERIC Number: ED420982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing Accessible Workstations in a Large Diverse University Community.
Christierson, Eric; Marota, Cindy; Radwan, Neveen; Wydeven, Julie
This paper describes how San Jose State University installed adaptive and accessible computer workstations for students with disabilities. It begins by discussing factors crucial to the installation of such workstations, including the importance of understanding legal and budgetary constraints, applying standards which meet diverse disability needs, and obtaining appropriate technical help to correct hardware and software malfunctions. The adoption of a multi-year plan for access to technology to provide equal facilitation of information resources to students with disabilities is highlighted and specific features of the workstations are described, including: (1) the use of MAGic, a screen magnification program for students with visual impairments; (2) the selection of JAWS as the standard screen review application, which works with SoundBlaster 16, so a separate speech synthesizer is not necessary; (3) the use of Galileo by Robotron as a reading machine; (4) a table height design of 30 inches from the floor with a 29 inches clearing beneath the top to the depth of a least 20 inches and a minimum width of 36 inches to allow leg space for the seated individual; (5) use of ergonomic keyboard, chairs, and keyboard trays; and (6) the use of Dragon NaturallySpeaking for voice recognition. (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Computer Software Selection, Computers, Design Requirements, Disabilities, Higher Education, Physical Disabilities, Speech Synthesizers, Structural Elements (Construction), Visual Impairments, Workstations
Disability Resource Center, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0136.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Jose State Univ., CA.